Ten Poems About Mothers


Ten Poems about Mothers is a tribute to mothers everywhere; an appropriate (and schmaltz-free) alternative to a Mother’s Day card or a birthday card – or just a thank you - for mothers and friends who are mothers.

In addition to their many other sterling qualities, mothers have inspired some extraordinary poems.  Hence Jenny Joseph’s mother can’t get out of the front door without a long list of things to remember while in D. H. Lawrence’s poem, ‘Piano’, the poet remembers the Sunday evenings of his childhood when his mother would play the piano.  Full of affection, admiration and nostalgia – and occasional exasperation - these poems put mothers centre stage.

We hope that you, your friends and your mothers enjoy reading the poems.  In fact, we hope that mothers everywhere will read them after bedtime, by torchlight…under the bed-covers, obviously.

Fleur Adcock, ‘The Chiffonier’
Gillian Clarke, ‘The Habit of Light’
Maura Dooley, ‘Mirror’
Jenny Joseph, ‘Going out with Mum’
Jackie Kay, ‘I try my absolute best’
D. H. Lawrence, ‘Piano’
James Reeves, ‘Mrs Gilfillan’
Christina Rossetti, ‘To My Mother’
Stevie Smith, ‘Human Affection’
Benjamin Zephaniah, ‘I Luv Me Mudder’

Cover illustration by Carol Walklin.
Other illustrations by Rosalind Bliss.


The more that you read, the more you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you will go.
Dr Seuss